What are trip switches and where can I find them?

Trip switches work as an electrical device in your home or property. You can find your trip switches on your consumer unit (sometimes called fuse box). They are usually in the garage, hallway, kitchen, utility room, lavatory or under the stairs.

Some homes, (generally those with older wiring) will have rewireable fuses instead of trip switches. If there is a fault with your wiring or one of your electrical appliances, trip switches will turn off the power to the circuit the fault is on. It will remain off until the fault is fixed, although once a faulty appliance is unplugged, you can try switching the trip switches back on. 

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Trip switches are normally located near the electricity meter

Trip switches will operate when there is a fault on the internal circuit 

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